About the Show
The US version of the hit comedy drama, with William H Macy as Frank Gallagher, working-class patriarch to a brood of six spirited and independent children
Series 3 Summary
Season three finds Frank alienating his children, Sheila and Jody struggling with the demands of parenthood, and Jimmy trying to balance his relationship with Fiona and his other obligations.
Episode 1 - El Gran Cañon
Fiona struggles to accept the new 'boring' Jimmy now that they're living together and sharing domestic responsibilities.
Frank wakes up in a place that is completely foreign to him and struggles to make the long journey back home.
After another court appearance, Lip is sentenced to community service, and Baby Hymie's crying keeps Jody and Sheila awake all night.
Episode 2 - The American Dream
Fiona worries about the property tax money that she used as a deposit for her club night, and a confrontation explodes when Lip finds out what she's done.
Frank tries to settle back in at home, where all his family except Debbie resent his presence. Kev's wife reappears unexpectedly.
Sheila is left frazzled and exhausted by the demands of motherhood, until Frank finds a way to keep baby Hymie quiet.
Episode 3 - May I Trim Your Hedges?
Frank pretends Carl has cancer in order to scam a charity foundation that helps terminally ill children.
Fiona grabs an unexpected opportunity to apply for a supermarket cashier's job, but is appalled by what is asked of her during the application process.
Lip leads a vigilante hunt for a neighbourhood paedophile, but gets a surprise when the identity of his target is revealed.
Episode 4 - The Helpful Gallaghers
Carl heads off to a summer camp run by a charity that helps children with cancer, but he isn't happy about the activities on offer.
Sheila wants to spice up her sex life, so Frank agrees to be Jody's coach in the bedroom. Fiona tries to unite her female colleagues against their lecherous boss.
Lip and Mandy receive an anguished call from Molly, Mandy's half-sister, who is in foster care. Jimmy hears his parents are getting divorced.
Episode 5 - The Sins of My Caretaker
Frank must tackle a big problem when the city of Chicago authorities plan to dig up the sewer mains under the garden, and Child Protective Services pay the family a visit.
Fiona faces hostility from her workmates for not giving in to the sexual advances of their boss. But when she fails to provide Jimmy with the support he needs during his first real family crisis, he turns to Estefania.
Episode 6 - Cascading Failures
The Department of Family Services hauls the Gallagher children away. Desperate to get them back, Fiona prepares Frank to make a 'Father of the Year' appearance in court, but is he the solution to the problem or the cause of it?
Kev and Veronica recruit Veronica's mother as a surrogate, and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in a compromising situation.
Episode 7 - A Long Way from Home
Fiona makes a bold decision regarding her future with the children and goes to extreme lengths in her quest to claim sole custody of them.
Frank prepares for his court appearance by getting sober. Debbie and Carl continue to cope with life in their foster homes.
Meanwhile, Hymie's family arrives to take their son back from Sheila and Jody, and Karen returns unexpectedly.
Episode 8 - Where There's a Will
The family gathers at Aunt Ginger's fake funeral. Frank's cousin Patrick arrives with another forged will granting him ownership of the house, so the Gallaghers are forced to conspire against him.
Frank gets creative about finding a new place to stay because, with baby Hymie gone, Sheila no longer requires his help as a nanny. Kev and Veronica continue their quest to have a baby.
Episode 9 - Frank the Plumber
Fiona starts a new job as an office temp but struggles to adjust to corporate culture, although she is cheered by a new flirtation.
Ian makes a shocking discovery about Mickey, while Debbie does her best to comfort a miserable Sheila.
In an attempt to get medical insurance, Frank inadvertently becomes involved in the gay rights movement, where he encounters influential activist Abraham Paige.
Episode 10 - Civil Wrongs
Everything in Fiona's life - including her new job - seems to be going well until Jimmy drops a bombshell and tells her that he might go back to medical school in Michigan.
Frank is enjoying his new-found celebrity as the face of the gay rights movement, but he is soon lured back to the other side when he discovers there's even more money to be made (and sex to be had) by switching teams again.
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